Open Enrollment for "Affordable Care Act" Starts Wednesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- There are a few things that you'll need to know ahead of the open enrollment period.

There has been much confusion on whether or not The Affordable Act has been repealed, but the fact is, it hasn't yet. People can still sign up starting Wednesday, November 1st.

One of the biggest differences is the window for enrollment. The window will be about six weeks shorter than in the past. It goes from November 1st until December 15th.

Depending on where you live you may have to switch hospital systems.
    
In some areas, the Cox Health affiliated "Anthem Blue Cross" is out, and now the Mercy-affiliated "Centene" is in.
  
The healthcare provider will be making its debut in Missouri for the first time.

Trevor Croley, President of Croley Insurance and Financial says folks in six counties - Greene, Christian, Lawrence, Newton, Barry, and Jasper. - will be seeing the biggest change.

"Everybody in those six counties in Southwest Missouri are going to have to change health carriers because Centene has never been here before," says Croley. "You're probably looking at a population of roughly 20,000 or more people moving from one hospital system to another."

You'll want to visit healthcare.gov to get enrolled on your own.

But getting enrolled in the right plan for you can be difficult, and there are ways to get help. Cox Health Systems is holding an event this Saturday called "ROCK Enrollment" at The Venues Church on East Battlefield. The event goes from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is meant to help people to find the right plan. Kate Conn from Cox Health Systems says that they will help people find out how to get qualified for financial assistance based on a few key factors.

"We work through that with people as far as their income, family size, and if they are offered insurance elsewhere," Conn explains. "We help them ultimately find the best healthcare plan for them and their family."

One thing that hasn't changed is that you can be punished for not having any health insurance. This includes a $700 fine for each adult and $350 for each child not covered.


More Stories

Don't Miss

  • Don Vance Ford
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • CoxHealth - Fitness
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Harter House - Famous For Our Meats
  • Sutherlands Hardware & Supply
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
  • Tri-Lakes Motors
    Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Trending Stories

Latest News

Video Center